Everest Academy

2011-S.E.L.F. Gala-Winners

2011 S.E.L.F. Award Winners

Robert Cammalleri – Youth Skill – Vaughan

Robert has been involved in competitive athletics from a young age. He began playing rep hockey and soccer at the age of 8. He continued to pursue these sports to the best of his ability. Sports have been a leading factor in Robert’s successes in life because his participation not only developed his skills, but gave him the transferable life skills that he could bring to other areas of his life. His pursuit of his goal to play “AAA” hockey from a young age was a driving force in his development. He learned at an early age that in order to accomplish your goals it takes hard work, perseverance and determination. Through his various team involvements he learned how to collaborate with his teammates and coaching staff and to take the sound advice from his mentors and follow through. Game situations taught him to “never, say never” and that anything is possible if you prepare and believe.

Ethan Stannard – Youth Skill – Palgrave

Ethan Stannard, a talented hockey and golf student is known to give one hundred percent to his sport. Natural ability, combined with practice, commitment and teamwork all add up to success. Ethan always shows a positive attitude and dedication in his athletics, and consistently seeks opportunities to improve. I wish to congratulate him on being an outstanding member of the Everest team.

Brinnley Holmes – Youth Education – Etobicoke
It is always a pleasure to recognize a top student. Brinnley Holmes is an enthusiastic role model within our classroom. Her personality is infectious, providing an uplifting atmosphere amongst her peers. She is always eager to accept a challenge and never hesitates to help other students in and out of our classroom setting. I am very proud to have her as a student, a bright future awaits you. Well done Brinnley.

Carlie McNamara – Youth Leadership – King City

Jacob Pollack – Youth Fitness – The Beaches
Jacob Pollack, an 11th grade student of Everest Academy, plays his Tennis matches with determination and the drive to win. Jacob’s approach to sports is that win or lose, there are always lessons learned and experience gained. But his drive does not stop with sports, Jacob approaches every day with great academic ambition and a wonderful personality. He knows that with dedication and consistent goal setting, anything you dream for yourself can become your reality. Félicitations Jacob, vous le méritez!

Cora Constantinou – Youth Fitness – Scarborough
Cora Constantinou is a dedicated athlete, whose commitment to her sport is unparalleled. She plays her sport with a vision and a focus that inspires us all. And while she never misses a game – no matter what injuries she’s nursing, all of her teachers at Everest can count on Cora’s school work surpassing their expectations. She is a talented student, an even more talented hockey player and Everest is so exceedingly proud of her – congratulations Cora!

Jim Thomson – Adult Sports – Aurora
Jim Thomson was born December 30, 1965 in Edmonton, Alberta. The eighth choice, 185th overall selection of the Washington Capitals in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, Thomson is a graduate of the OHL’s Toronto Marlboros. Thomson spent two seasons with the Marlboros before making his professional debut with the AHL’s Binghamton Whalers during the 1984-85 season. In his first full season with Binghamton in 1985-86, the Edmonton, Alberta native tallied 24 points (15-9-24) in 59 games. Although he spent the majority of the following year in the AHL, Thomson continued to hone his skills with Binghamton and managed to see action in ten games with the Capitals that season. Jim Thomson experience has allowed him to become a mentor to many elite hockey players and to help them attain the mental and physical edge required to get to the next level..

Dan Blackburn – Adult Fitness – Mississauga
Thousand of athletes have talent, but what’s special about the few who reach the pinnacle of success? It’s the intangibles that make the difference in superior performance. Skills are one thing, conditioning another, but preparation and passion for family, school and sport are the intangibles that separate high performers from lesser competitors. Dan helps his clients (young an old) develop a vision, define their commitment, select their environment and find the inspiration and leadership skills they didn’t realize they had.


Everest Academy is Canada’s leading K to 12 S.E.L.F.™ private school; dedicated to the holistic development of high-achieving students.
Everest is based in Thornhill, Ontario in the York region, part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Everest Academy is an alternative school founded by Farell Duclair, former CFL football player, on the idea that all students can achieve remarkable excellence as scholars, athletes, and people when given the opportunity and resources.